The Nissan Teana is a mid-size car produced by Nissan of Japan. It is exported as the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Cefiro to certain markets. It replaces the Nissan Bluebird, Laurel and Cefiro. It shares a platform with the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Altima which are sold in North America, as well as the Japanese market Presage minivan. The Teana has been available in East Asia, Russia, Ukraine, South Asia, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The J31 series Teana was first introduced in February 2003 to the Japanese market as a sedan companion to the Nissan Murano with both vehicles exclusive to Japanese Nissan dealerships called Nissan Red Stage. It replaced the Nissan Bluebird and Nissan Cefiro in Japan, where it was considered a luxury car one level below the Nissan Skyline. This was because the exterior dimensions and engine displacement exceed regulations, and Japanese buyers are liable for additional costs as a result. The car was introduced with an optionally available internet-based, telematics and GPS navigation system called CarWings to Japanese drivers only.
In much of the world, the Teana is Nissan's largest front wheel drive sedan, while the Skyline and Fuga are rear-wheel drive, with optional all-wheel drive.
It was introduced a month later to other Asian markets like Singapore. In 2004, the car arrived on European shores replacing the Nissan Maxima QX.
Powering the Teana was either a 1998 cc, 2349 cc or 3498 cc engine which matched to automatic transmission. Trim levels were 200JK, 230JK, 230JM and 350JM. The car was based on the Nissan FF-L platform. In December 2005, the Teana received new headlights and taillights, chrome trimming on the bumpers, enlarged foglights, front legrests and newly designed gauges. The car was also shortened slightly, and the clear rear turn signals were replaced by amber ones. XTronic CVT was also mated to all the engines.
In some countries, the 200JK was not sold. Instead, the 230JK, basically a 230JM without the VQ23DE engine was sold. In Australia, the car was sold in ST-L, Ti and Ti-L guises, but the Ti-L model was dropped after the facelift in 2005.
In 2008, Nissan discontinued production of the J31.
Engines and specifications
The first generation Teana utilized a number of engines, namely the QR20DE, VQ23DE and a slightly detuned version of the VQ35DE.
Nissan continues to offer an optionally available internet-based, telematics and GPS navigation system called CarWings to Japanese drivers only.
Nissan Teana (J32, Japan)
The first-generation Teana was sold under the name of Nissan Cefiro in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mauritius, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Latin America & Caribbean while it was sold under the name of Teana in Japan, Thailand, Philippines, India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia & China. The car is known as the Maxima in Australia & New Zealand. The Teana shares most of the platform and mechanicals with its North American cousin, the Altima which is built and sold primarily in North America. The J32 has been sold in Australia as a Maxima since June 2009 with model designations of 250 ST-L, 350 ST-S and 350 Ti. These models have features unique to Australia & New Zealand including alloy wheel design, rear spoiler and interior upholstery fittings. In late 2011, all three Australian models received an equipment upgrade, with prices remaining unchanged. The Cefiro name has been discontinued on the second-generation line with the exception of the Bruneian market. Currently, it is unknown if the new Teana will continue to be sold as the Nissan Maxima in the other markets outside of North America, excluding Australia and New Zealand.
The second generation Teana utilized different engines, namely the MR20DE (successor of the QR series), VQ25DE and the VQ35DE, which was tweaked to produce 20 more PS. Also Japan Domestic Model "FOUR" (AWD) used QR25DE engine.